Ghanaian Methodist Church skirt


This printed cloth commemorates the inaugural conference of the Ghanaian Methodist Church in 1961. It is intended to be used as a wrap-around skirt, and worn with a tailored blouse. The outfit also includes a baby-carrier, a smaller cloth in the same design.

In 1961, four years after the independence of Ghana itself, the Ghana Methodist Church became independent from the British-based Methodist Church. The cloth illustrates how, although brought by European missionaries, Christianity has become grounded in West Africa. The elephant and palm trees shown on the cloth are common symbols of Ghana.

Full title:
Ghanaian Methodist Church skirt, from a set comprising skirt, blouse and baby-carrier
Printed textile
© The British Museum
Usage terms
© British Museum. Donated by Miss M. Dawson
Held by
The British Museum
British Museum Af1983,03.10a-c

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